Chambery is under 2 hours from just about every big French ski resort I can think of so tons of choice for a short transfer but my advice? Don’t do it!!
The wait for your bags to come out to the single baggage belt alone is longer than any additional transfer time from Geneva. I honestly can’t put into words the ‘experience’ of this airport, I think I’m still traumatised from my once and never visit in 2016. Read the google reviews, there are some excellent pictures on there of the crowds too.
If you’re looking to save on transfers a package where everything is included might be the way to go.
Oh thank you all! I will avoid and use Geneva as usual!
We were trying to get closer to some different ski areas, as we have been to Chamonix, grande massif and Portes du Soleil a few times now. I wasn’t fancying a four hour journey from Geneva to anywhere....
As a passenger the only time I've ever been to Chambery we landed in Milan instead. As a professional airline pilot I've never flown into the real Chambery, but I have done the eye-opening approach and practiced how not to hit the very close mountains if it all goes wrong. Those 2 things combined have resolved me never to go to Chambery unless I can help it.
If you want short easy transfers though and have done all the nearby French stuff, have you considered flying into Munich? Relatively cheap flights and it's only about 1.5-2hrs to the massive Hintertux-Zillertal areas, Saalbach Circus, Kitzbuhel, Ski Welt and less than 3 hrs to the Arlberg or Ski Amade. Sometimes I've hired a car, sometimes when we've been a big enough group that we've got a minibus and driver for the group. In the last 3 years I've been to Zell am Ziller, Zell am Zee, Konigsleiten, Ellmau, Soll, Kaprun, and off to Saalbach this year. It's never taken us longer than 2 hours from Munich Airport.
Yep the actual landing at Chambers scares me. It's so close to the mountains and once they clear them they have to drop fairly quickly to make the airport and it always looks to me that if they don't get it right there isn't much space to pull up and go around.
One year we landed at Geneva and went to the chalet and a bus was meant to be bringing the Chambery passengers an hour after us. They arrived more than 24 hours late after landing at Turin I think and having a major long transfer from there.
Thank you all! @Backinthebox We did Munich/Soll on our first ski holiday waaay back in 1990 (eek), unfortunately, there was no snow so bussed us to the Stubai glacier every day. It’s made me not really consider Austria again... which is silly really! We can get reasonable flights into Salzburg, I’m now going to look into the areas you suggested.
@TornTendon We have been to Flaine, Morzine, Les Gets and Chamonix recently, so looking for somewhere new. My friend has recommended La Plagne? Looking at the transfers, they are £300 each way!!!! Maybe a package holiday would be more convenient.